Alex Colome (3-2, 4.21 ERA) and the Tampa Bay Rays (36-29) go up against Tanner Roark (2-2, 3.71 ERA) and the Washington Nationals (33-31) in the second of a two-game interleague series at Tropicana Field. The Rays won the last game 6-1 and Tampa Bay leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 16 and will air on MASN2 and SunSports.
In his last start, Colome pitched 5.1 innings, giving up one run, striking out four and walking two in a 6-2 loss to the Angels. Logan Forsythe (.271, 26 Rs, 7 HRs, 30 RBIs, 5 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 3 for 5 with two RBIs. The Nationals were unsuccessful to the Brewers 6-5 the last time Roark pitched. He went 6.2 innings, allowing five runs, striking out four and walking one. Denard Span (.299, 27 Rs, 5 HRs, 19 RBIs, 6 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday.
Tampa Bay is a -120 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at seven runs. When playing as the favorite, the Rays have a 17-13 record and overall money line at +513. Over the last 10 games, they have a very good record when playing as the favorite (4-1). Tampa Bay's offense has been playing lights out against teams in the NL, putting up an average of 5.0 runs per game, well over their season average of 3.7. Whenever an National League opponent shows up on the calendar, the Rays seem to struggle with pitching. They allow an average of 3.5 runs per game, but allow 4.0 against teams from the NL. The Rays are fourth in the league in WHIP at 1.19. The have been extremely effective at striking opposing batters out, averaging 8.5 strikeouts per game.
Moving on to the away team, the Nationals come into this game with a weak win percentage of .400 when playing as the underdog (6-9) and an overall money line of -377. When playing Interleague competitors, they have a 3-2 as the favorite and 5-5 SU. Washington has an eye for the strike zone on the road, ranking 3.3 in the NL with second walks per game. Washington's pitching staff tends to perform poorly when they play AL opponents. They've allowed an average of 5.5 runs per game against teams from the AL, higher than their season average of 4.3. The Washington pitching staff has been an intimidating group on the road this year, averaging 8.1 strikeouts per game.
So far this season, the Rays are 1-0 against the Nationals. The Rays will take on a right-hander (Roark) in this game and have a 22-21 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Nationals will be the right-hander Colome. They sport a 24-26 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - TB, O/U - Over
Tampa Bay has won 54% (13-11) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Washington has won 55% (17-14) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Rays managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Nationals who are coming in with a 9-5 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Nationals are 6-29. The Rays have a 7-20 record when opponents outhit them.
Tampa Bay ranks in the bottom half of the league at 16th when it comes to home runs, hitting 57 this season. Washington ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 67.
Ranking 13th, Tampa Bay is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 7.95 per game. Washington ranks in the top 10 at 10th with 8.46.
Ranking 22nd, Tampa Bay is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.688). Washington ranks in the top half at 13th with an OPS of .718.
The Nationals are 9-17 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Rays are 15-21 when they allow at least one homer.